There’ll not be any talk of principles package, modifications, horsepower or construction in this week’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
The smallest track on the NASCAR schedule at only a half-mile produces tight racing and intimate competition simply because of its quarters.
Drivers require a certain skill set to succeed in the historic path. But patience and a cool head during a 500-lap, almost four-hour mill can also be paramount to win the race or complete nicely.
For those who enjoy NASCAR betting, here are six drivers to look at financing in Sunday’s STP 500.
Kyle Busch (+200)
It is likely going to be a while before Busch is not regarded as a favorite at any course on the Cup circuit. He is off to a red-hot start, and it has won two races in a row.
His Automobile Club Speedway success a week ago was his 200th career NASCAR national series win. Busch has a streak of seven consecutive Martinsville top-10 finishes such as wins in the 2016 spring race and 2017 fall race. Bet Busch to acquire +200 and -200 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse in New Jersey.
Brad Keselowski (+500)
Keselowski has finished from the top-10 seven out of the previous eight Martinsville races and won there at the 2017 spring race.
In the past 10 races at the course, the Team Penske driver has led the third-most laps at 427. Bet him to triumph at +500 and +125 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport at New Jersey.
Joey Logano (+600)
Martinsville was a contentious place for Logano over the years, including last October when he made contact with Martin Truex Jr. on the last turn of the last lap to get the lead and the win.
However, Logano is also among the strongest drivers at the track and has led 825 laps in its past 10 races (second most) for example 309 before the area last fall. Bet him to win at +600 and +150 to complete 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Martin Truex Jr. (+600)
Truex, new at Joe Gibbs Racing this season, has not forgotten how things ended last year with Logano and may have revenge in his mind.
The 2017 series champion has never won a brief track race in his Cup career but was in the top-five the last three Martinsville outings. Bet Truex Jr. to win +600 and +150 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.
Clint Bowyer (+1000)
He finished a long drought in last spring’s Martinsville race when he dominated by top 215 laps and took the checkered flag.
Bowyer has struggled early this year but is considered among the best short-track racers in the show as he proved again 1 year ago. Bet Bowyer to win at +1000 and +250 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport.
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
The Virginia native believes Martinsville a house monitor and had thousands of laps under his belt in regional racing at the track before he migrated to NASCAR’s top level.
He is a five-time Martinsville winner and snuck across the Logano vs. Truex final-lap dust-up last November to finish se cond. Bet Hamlin to triumph +1000 and +250 to complete 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.
2019 STP 500 Betting Tip
Last week’s qualifying session was a non-event: 12 drivers who advanced to the last round failed to get a formal lap on the plank. The dozen all waited till the very last second to take advantage of the higher rates from the draft and miscalculated.
That won’t happen this week at Martinsville given the layout and the dearth of drafting. Qualifying and receiving a high starting place may be the most critical part of the weekend.
A whopping 21 drivers have won from the pole throughout Martinsville’s long history. Given that the tight quarters and difficulty passing, especially during extended green-flag runs, track position is essential. A total of 65 Cup race champions have come from the first four starting spots.
Pit stops and pit booth placement can also be critical. Look for teams close to the front five or four stalls, allowing easy access to get back on track in tight quarters, to have an advantage.
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